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Sen. Vitter: Obama 'Shredded Constitution' on Recess Appointments

By John Bachman   |   Thursday, 05 Jan 2012 06:06 PM

Republicans in the U.S. Senate will use at least two avenues to contest President Barack Obama’s recess appointment of Richard Cordray as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, U.S. Sen. David Vitter tells Newsmax in an exclusive interview.

The first, he says, “will be some sort of legal action.” And, he adds, "clearly, clearly this is going to impact other nominations."

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Vitter says all four of the president’s four recent recess appointments (three new members were also placed on the National Labor Relations Board) are “illegal and unconstitutional”.

“He’s gone beyond what any president has done and really shredded the constitution in practice with regard to recess appointments.

Vitter, who serves on the Senate Banking Committee, also made it clear that he and his fellow Republicans in the Senate will do what ever they can to halt future presidential appointments.

“It’s going to lead to more fights about nominations,” Vitter says.

Another big issue concerning Vitter right now is the president’s plan to cut military spending. On Thursday, Obama announced that over the next 10 years, the growth in the defense budget will slow.

The new strategy calls for a much leaner U.S. military. Experts say that will essentially eliminate its ability to fight two major wars at once. However, the president insists that U.S. armed forces will still be able to deal with any new threats from countries like China and Iran as well as combat terrorism.

Vitter acknowledges major federal budget cuts are needed and everything should be on the table including the Pentagon. But he says he’s concerned that the current budget cuts that “the Pentagon has to swallow… really [goes] beyond fat and into muscle and into bone.”

He also says Obama now must find a “concrete proposal” to avoid deeper and more devastating cuts to the military that are set to take effect in 2013. Those cuts were triggered by a failure of the congressional super committee to cut the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion last year.

“He needs to address that, or his comments at Thursday’s news conference are just a lot of hoopla and vague talk,” Vitter says.





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